Stoozing… ready to enter the Oxford English Dictionary?

I stooze, you stooze, they stooze, he’s a stoozer, she’s got a stoozepot, we’re all stoozing. While the practice of stoozing – making money from earning high interest on 0% debt – is less profitable than it used to be, I’ve discovered the Oxford English Corpus (the 2 billion word research body behind the Oxford English Dictionary)...

Learning a new way to campaign…

Which works best, campaigning in the full glare of publicity, or working through official channels to lobby, push and get things done? MSE’s traditional campaigning style The perception of MoneySavingExpert.com has changed over the past few years. Even as recently as 2007, when calling the Treasury to get answers about the Northern Rock crisis, we were virtually...

GMTV’s hidden pop hit predictor…

Forget pop svengali Simon Cowell, ignore music maestro Jo Whiley, take no notice of the Mercury awards, as I’ve discovered the real predictor behind the musical throne. It’s GMTV’s Glen, and other sound operators there… At the back of the studio is a serious mixing desk and graphic equaliser. Each band which comes in to play usually...

The “right to know rates before applying for credit” campaign moves apace

Apply for a product and it puts a search on your credit file, which hits your credit score. Yet many products are rate-for-risk, so without applying you can’t know the rate. This means many people apply for products, get accepted on a higher rate than expected, and then find it more difficult to go elsewhere because of...

Free Gu Chocolates… it was like the wildebeest mass exodus

MSE towers is in the same office complex as Gu Puds, and the following message came around by email… “Hello Gü lovers Anyone who wants a box of free brownies or Chocs please come up to Unit 1.2 in the next 30 minutes – first come, first serve! Thanks“ I hadn’t seen the email, all I saw...

Finally a response to the bank charges petition

It was submitted in 2007, the then-largest petition on the number 10 website without a reply from the PM, with over 70,000 recipients. Yesterday that changed: finally there was an answer to the the Bank Charges Consumer Charter. Now admittedly it was simply a cut and paste of the reply Gordon Brown sent in response to our...

ITV Tonight – Should I fix… What will the outcome be?

I’ve got an ITV1 Tonight programme on Friday night 8pm called “To fix or not to fix?” It’s one of those difficult ones for me as due to a bit of a crash production process (ie turning round in a short space of time), I haven’t seen the programme or the final script yet (I’m writing this...

Banks may play nasty but it doesn’t mean their staff are.

Many people see one main aim of the work of this site as opposing the banks, and with guides like bank charges, fight rate jacking, and ppi reclaiming, that’s understandable. Yet actually I’ve no problem with banks; often they do good work, there are some great products, and they provide a crucial service in our society. My...

A New Campaign: Stop Credit Ratings Being Anti-Shopping Around

A few months ago we launched the Improve Money Rules In 50 words campaign asking for must-change suggestions. I led with my four big bugbears, one of which was… The “right to know the rate you’ll get before applications go on credit files. Apply for a product and it puts a search on your credit file which...

Seeing myself on Millionaire – even watching was nerve-wracking

I missed the start due to zipping home from working on the weekly email to try and catch it. I always hate watching myself and rarely do (do I sound like that? Talk that quick? Gabble that much? Sit like that?), but as the programme was recorded six months ago (see original millionaire blog) I wanted to...